On This Day…
1960 – Pete Best auditioned to become The Silver Beatles’ drummer and was asked to travel to Hamburg in Germany for the bands next set of dates. Before leaving for Hamburg, The Silver Beatles changed their name to simply, “The Beatles”.
1984 – As The Olympic Games came to a close, Lionel Richie performed, ‘All Night Long’ live from Los Angeles to an estimated television audience of 2.6 billion people around the world.
1989 – The two day Moscow Music Peace Festival was held at The Lenin Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Western Acts who appeared included Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row and The Scorpions. This was the first time that an audience had been allowed to stand up and dance at a stadium rock concert in the Soviet Union. Previous to this, all concerts had to be seated.
Brand New Music
By Craig Clemens & Jonathan Knox
of Montreal | Innocence Reaches
After a brief foray away from the heavy synth styling that dominates much of Montreal’s 13 previous LPs, Innocence Reaches finds Kevin Barnes reaching a happy middle ground. Back again with his now-expected flamboyance and embracing many different tones and genres, Barnes gives us a great uptempo records that could be a fan favourite, but is probably not a jumping off point for people looking to discover them.
Katie Dey | Flood Network
Grounded in modern techniques and grounded in a vibrant understanding of what truely makes a great indie-pop song, Katie Dey has produced an astonishing record of bit-crushed guitar lines and sometimes nauseous vocal melodies. Working under terms of destruction, conflict and decay Katie Dey has presented these very gloomy atmospheres in an almost azure light.
Brendan Canning | Home Wrecking Years
Whenever Broken Social Scene puts out new music, people get excited. While we’re all still waiting for that album to arrive, BSS co-conspirator Brendan Canning has just released his third solo album (& first since 2013’s You Gots 2 Chill) titled, Home Wrecking Years. The first two tracks (“Book It To Fresno” and “Vibration Walls”) get things off to a great start though it does mellow out, finding itself in more middle of the road terrain. That said this 10-track album is pleasant enough and a good reminder of how important Canning is to BSS’s rich sound and up-tempo songwriting.